Africa needs to continue promoting good governance, democracy and human rights to boost its efforts toward regional integration, according to United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro.
The senior U.N. official commended several related steps that African countries have recently undertaken, including the creation of the Constitutive Act of the African Union.
Migiro also lauded the AU Peace and Security Council, the AU peacekeeping force in Somalia and the joint AU-U.N. peacekeeping operation in Darfur. These groups, according to her, are part of the “new and emerging African architecture of institutions.”
The deputy secretary-general acknowledged that there will be several roadblocks along Africa’s path to regional integration, but added that “African leaders are well aware that the ultimate goal of regional integration offers the best opportunity for Africa and its people to fulfill their potential, harness the continent’s vast human and natural wealth, and become a full partner in the global community.”